WHO IS THIS VIDEO FOR?
This is video is meant for language teachers or language learners. English learners will need to be upper intermediate in order to follow comfortably.
WHAT IS IN THE VIDEO?
This continues the series on the Four Strands and is the first one about Meaning Focused Output. A prepared talk is a good activity to do if you don’t have a speaking partner, or it can be used for students to prepare for speaking outside of class and then they can speak in class. I’ll suggest how to do this activity if you do not have a speaking partner and it should give you ideas for how to do it if you are a language teacher (to give your students guidance). I’ll also demonstrate a prepared talk (in Mandarin) and how to get feedback if you are learning a language on your own.
WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY?
By now I’ll assume that you are familiar with the other videos and the Four Strands. If not, read this original post: “What every language learner and teacher should know: the Four Strands.” Meaning Focused output with speaking is going to force the language learner to make decisions about language for communicative purposes, which is good for language learning.